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Old 11-25-2020, 06:26 PM   #1
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NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Review - Setting the Standard On a New Console Once Again



About two weeks into its release, it's evident that NBA 2K21 has once again shown why...

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Old 11-25-2020, 07:11 PM   #2
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We need to stop the lie with gameplay being better because of next gen technology. Gameplay takes very little resources.
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Good review.* Agree on all points.*

I had a moment a couple nights ago where I drove to the hoop with Anunoby and beat my man. I took off for a layup and Siakims man came down to help and jumped up to block. I hit the pass button an Anonuby passed around the defender to a wide open Siakim for a swish 3.*It felt so responsive and organic.

I've been vocal and honest about some problems and this game genuinely needs some fixes but the fantastic basketball moments I've been having like the one described above, far outweigh any negatives.

This is truly a terrific game.
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Old 11-25-2020, 09:19 PM   #4
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Great review. I definitely agree. The gameplay is fantastic and the best Iíve experienced in a 2K game. If this is the foundation moving forward, Iíll be a happy customer. I have concerns about the balancing and some of the design decisions with the myplayer builder but I hope thatís something that will improve in the future.


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Great write up.

Passing accuracy is to high. Passing is an important and rare skill. Especially for the bigs. Their pass accuracy should be suspect.

Rebounding started off good. However, I have seen bigs covering way to much ground to get an offensive rebound recently.

Defensive Settings and Help defense not working. No reason the off ball big should be to guarding a non shooting center out at the 3 point line. Shouldnít be to run 5 out with 3 non shooters on the floor.

With all that being said, this is the best 2k that I have ever played. Hopefully, the patches donít kill it.
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As long as 2K can fix the off-ball contact animations (by actually putting them back into the game) the help defense + rotation AI, and the current bugs with the defensive settings, weíre in business. I canít remember the last 2K where I had so few issues to fix.

100% agree on the defense not rotating away from bigs who canít shoot on the perimeter. Such basic things missing from the game (that we had even in 2K20) leads me to believe they had to rush the game out the door to match the release date of the new consoles, and can hopefully just copy/paste them back into 2K21.

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The Zion photo comparison is incredible. The people in the forums who still claim there's nothing next gen about the graphics need to kindly stop it with the hogwash at this point.
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Old 11-26-2020, 11:13 AM   #8
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The Zion photo comparison is incredible. The people in the forums who still claim there's nothing next gen about the graphics need to kindly stop it with the hogwash at this point.
A lot of dudes are out here playing on 720p television sets. Those are the guys claiming there's no jump. If you're running this game on a 4K oled or qled then you'll see a major difference graphically.

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